Why Solar

So you’ve heard all the hype, now get the facts. There are a lot of solar water heating companies out there that will list “10 reasons to go solar”, but that’s just a lot of unnecessary blah. There are only 3 simple reasons why you should switch to solar now: Envionmental, Financial or Convenience.

 

 

Environmental reasons


 

Installing a solar water heating system will significantly reduce carbon emissions. Solar water heating is a cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable use of energy.

 

 

Lower carbon dioxide emissions


A 150L solar water heating system delivers around 4.6kWh per day in electricity savings. That amounts to savings of 1.65 tonnes* of CO2 per system per year. To put it another way – that’s equivalent to about half of the annual carbon dioxide emissions of a 1.6 Polo TDI **

 

Zero operational carbon footprint


We are proud to say that all of our systems have a zero operational carbon footprint. Even our pumped systems use PV (solar electricity) panels to power a small solar pump, rather than running the pump from the mains electricity. So after installation, the system is carbon neutral.

 

* calculated on an average of 986g /kWh of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-based fuel.
** figures courtesy of VCA car fuel data, UK; the official source for car fuel consumption and exhaust emissions figures.

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The financial argument


 

This is a no brainer. There are so many angles to this argument, we could go on for pages. But here are the most important ones:

 

The electricity price increase


With electricity prices set to rise by at least 25% every year for the next three years, there really is no other way to keep your electricity bill down as effectively as by implementing solar water heating. Because the recent Eskom price increases are compounded year-on-year, it effectively means that the cost of electricity has almost doubled in the past 3 years. And that’s only taking into account the 25% increase… the minimum annual increase. Many households have seen an actual increase of 35% per annum as they fall into a higher usage bracket, and (similar to how you pay tax), the more you use, the higher your annual increase has been.

 

The Eskom rebate


It’s not all bad though.  The Department of Energy (DoE) is in the process of implementing a solar water heating rebate programme, whereby you get cash back for installing a DoE approved solar water heating system. This programme will be similar to the Eskom rebate programme that came to an end on 30 April 2015. For more information, please visit our dedicated rebate page.

 

Saving on electrical bills


A solar water heating system will generally save you 25% – 40%* on your electricity bill. If you use those savings to pay off the cost of the system, then even if there is no increase in the electricity price, the current repayment period on our solar water heating systems is less than three years. After that your hot water is free and you still continue to save on your monthly electricity bill.

 

* savings vary based on individual household energy usage patterns.

 

Return on investment


As well as the perpetual savings on your monthly electricity bill, studies have shown that solar water heating systems increase the value of your home.

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Convenience

 

 


 

Having hot water on tap all year round, even during power outages and load shedding is a huge consideration in the decision to install a solar water heating system.

 

Independence from the electricity supply


By installing a solar water heating system, you’ll never have to settle for a cold shower again. A solar water heating system ensures that you won’t be affected by electricity interruptions. Whether it’s due to routine maintenance on the electricity supply, rolling blackouts or just because you forgot to recharge your units when you picked up the milk and bread at the shop, your water heating won’t be affected by interrupted electricity supply ever again.

 

Hot water all year round


The convenience afforded by a solar water heating system is simply unbeatable. Even in winter, the African sun produces enough solar energy to heat the water in your geyser to a comfortable temperature.


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